Whether it’s for purely altruistic purposes or for a big, fat tax break, many of us have been known to give to charity — especially around the High Holy Days. Most of us choose a handful of pet causes, sign our names to a few checks and forget about them until next year’s Yom Kippur approaches. Not Yosef Birnboim. The 30-year-old gives tzedakah nearly every time he turns on his computer.
Not every Jew has had a bar or bat mitzvah. Not every Jew has attended a Passover Seder. Not every Jew has planted a tree in Israel. But if there is one thing that brings together virtually all Jews — and large swaths of non-Jews — it is “Hava Nagila.”
Just in time for the new year, several notable firsts have taken place in the world of Jewish women.